ART and EMOTION – An interview with Artist, Mohammed Briek

by: Andy Anoche Cauyan

Mohammed Briek, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. His artwork typically depicts realistic portraits placed in natural settings, rendered through oil paints and skilled layering techniques. Although colorful, often reflects his emotional pain. Naming light and patterns in nature as leading influences within his pieces, MBQ makes use of his artwork as a means of self-expression. The man depicted in his portraits are representatives of himself, and though they may not all feature his face, each is indicators of MBQ emotional state at the time of creation.

He began his art career in Chicago downtown, USA. He stayed for six years at the east side streets were full of graffiti, that’s what helps him to see more of art and started to improve his talent. His career took on level up when he sketches “levels mall” in Riyadh city.

Like his favorite famous artist, Vincent van Gogh. His story is well-known by anyone with an interest in art history. Van Gogh’s life was deeply affected by mental illness, and he went through several torrid love affairs and bouts of depression. He often coped with this through his art, and he drew the people and places that influenced his life. Mohammed is calm and loves to be isolated.

“The best part about being an artist is to transfer my invisible feelings to a sensual artistic painting. When the passion for drawing meets commitment, we can say that we are professionally and technically successful”.

MBQ is a silent type of artist. Anyone who has spent time on their art knows what a therapeutic experience it can be. Not only is it an escape from the everyday world, but it also allows you to express your feelings and work through issues. Art therapy is becoming increasingly popular for victims of trauma, prisoners, and people who are working through a difficult time.

Many of his works lead to the creation of images that may appear distorted or disturbing, depending on the artists’ inner feelings. He was certainly never shy about expressing his inner turmoil, and his work is often expressive and dramatic

MBQ wanted to share his Philosophy to our readers that “every artist dips his brush in his soul, and paints his nature into his pictures.” –Henry Ward Beecher. It is widely thought that the capacity of artworks to arouse emotions in audiences is a perfectly natural and unproblematic fact. It just seems obvious that we can feel sadness. This may be why so many of us are consumers of art in the first place. Good art, many of us tend to think, should not leave us cold.

Furthermore, if it were possible to find a plausible theory of emotion that would vindicate the claim that we experience genuine emotion towards artworks, questions arise as to why most of us are motivated to engage in artworks, especially when these tend to produce negative emotions. How can the emotion we feel towards artworks be rationally justified? Overall, a proper understanding of our emotional responses to art should shed light on its value.

For more of his artwork visit his IG account @ mbq.vibes

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